|QUEEN MINE UNDERGROUND TOURS
Outfitted in hard hat, miner's headlamp and a yellow slicker, thousands of Bisbee visitors
descend into the Queen Mine Tour each year - heading underground and back in time. Tour
guides, retired Phelps Dodge employees, lead the group 1,500 feet into the mine and recount
mining days, techniques, dangers and drama. Adding a personal touch, the miner-turned-tour
guides help visitors experience what it was like to work underground.
|Bisbee's Queen Mine was one of the richest copper mines in history. The mine opened in 1877
and eventually closed when Phelps Dodge discontinued mining operations in Bisbee in the mid-1970's.
The Queen Mine opened once again as a tour for visitors in 1976, nearly 100 years after the mine
originally opened. Today approximately 50,000 people a year visit the Queen Mine Tour to
commemorate Bisbee's prosperous mining heritage and experience what it was like working
underground where temperatures are 47 degrees year-round.
Be Sure to Wear Proper Footwear!
|It's Dark in Here!
|"This Was Used When There Was No Child Labor Laws..."
|Weird Scenes Inside the Copper Mine